@jonnysun on Twitter

A new media writing project

Recently featured on NPR, published in McSweeney's, and profiled in the Yale Herald cover story Loving the Aliebn!

@jonnysun (jomny sun) is a personal short-form writing project on Twitter (and recently Instagram). I write down floating jokes and ideas here through a loose character narrative. Almost 150,000 people seem to like it so far.

Sun’s alter ego mostly writes tweets that are haphazard and misspelled — but still manage to say something. Sometimes his jokes are just silly; others are downright profound. Many are both.
— NPR, Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon


McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Article. Jonathan Sun. “Twitter’s Brainstorming Notes for Potential New Features.” January 12, 2016.

NPR: Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon. Interview. “An Odd, Uplifting 'Alien': Meet The Man Behind A 'Weird Twitter' Star. An interview with Jonathan Sun (@jonnysun).” NPR: Washington DC. December 19, 2015. 

The Yale Herald. Profile cover story. Charlie Bardey. ”Loving the Aliebn.” November 6, 2015.

Harvard’s Radio Berkman. Interview. Dan Jones. Digital Alter Egos. Berkman Center of Internet & Society: Harvard University. February 25, 2016.

Splitsider. Interview. Philip Stamato. “How Jonny Sun Creates Community with Humor and Philosophy.” March 2, 2016.

Vice. Interview. Tom Usher. “What It's Really Like to Be a Popular 'Weird Twitter' Personality.” February 23, 2016.

University of Toronto News. Profile. Tyler Irving. “Global Day of the Engineer: five U of T engineers transforming Google, Twitter, and more.” February 24, 2016.

U of T Engineering News. Profile. Tyler Irving. “Jonathan Sun: Engineer, architect, social media sensation.” February 21, 2016.

Vice Motherboard. Interview. Miles Raymer. “Weird Twitter Leaves Irony Behind on Instagram.” December 5, 2015.

BuzzFeed. Interview. Michael Blackmon. “A Guy Made A Fake Fact Go Viral To Prove Not To Believe Everything You Read.” September 14, 2015.

The Daily Dot. Interview. Eve Peyser and Monica Riese. “This one weird fact about Will Smith was literally too good to be true.” September 17, 2015.

The Washington Post. Feature. Caitlin Dewey. “What was fake on the Internet this week: #4. Will Smith’s middle name is not Oliver.” September 18, 2015.

The Independent. “Man creates fake Google search result about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to catch out Twitter users.” September 15, 2015.

The Hollywood Reporter. “Shorty Awards 2015: Nominees Include Shonda Rhimes, Chris Pratt, Laverne Cox (Exclusive).” March 2, 2015.

How To Be A Person. Podcast interview. Mike Drucker and Jess Dweck. “Episode 44: Jonny Sun.” April 6, 2016.

Sam Grittner. Interview. "Let's Get to Know @jonnysun!" September 8, 2014.

Borderline Podcast. Podcast interview. “Episode 64: Jonny Sun.” July 1, 2015.

GQ Magazine. “The 100 Funniest Jokes in the History of Twitter.” March 24, 2016.

Playboy. “Playboy’s 50 Funniest Twitter Accounts of 2015" (#5 @jonnysun)

Mandatory. “The 100 Funniest Tweets of 2015.” December 30, 2015.

The Daily Dot. Eve Peyser. “14 hilarious people on Twitter we're extra thankful for this year: @jonnysun.” November 25, 2015.

Funny or Die. “The 9 Best Internet Things Of All Time Of The Week.” September 16, 2015. 

Playboy. "50 Funniest Twitter Accounts of 2014" (#10 @jonnysun)

Playboy. "The 100 Funniest Tweets of 2014" (#73 @jonnysun)

7th Annual Shorty Awards. Finalist for Social Media's Comedian of the Year. New York, 2015.

Featured in Twitter: The Comic (The Book): Comics Based on the Greatest Tweets of Our Generation, by Mike Rosenthal. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2014, 144 pages. Available at Amazon, Chronicle Books, in stores and online.

Mashable. "The 21 Weirdest Twitter Accounts" (#10 @jonnysun). 2013.

The Hundreds. "20 Hilarious People You Need to Follow on Twitter" (#1 @jonnysun). 2014.

Mandatory. "Our Absolute Favorite Tweets of 2013."

Junkee. "The 4 Types of Comedians You'll Meet on Twitter." 2013.

Buzzfeed. Full coverage here.

Playboy. Full coverage here.

Mandatory. Full coverage here.



Twitter: The Comic, illustrated by Mike Rosenthal. "contradiction club"

Twitter: The Comic, illustrated by Mike Rosenthal. "contradiction club"

Twitter: The Comic, by Mike Rosenthal. "hambrey pabre" (illustrated by Completely Serious Comics)

Twitter: The Comic, by Mike Rosenthal. "hambrey pabre" (illustrated by Completely Serious Comics)